About a year ago, as I was preparing to vacate the UK to teach English in China I suddenly had the urge to get a TEFL qualification. In a mad rush I bought myself a £65 TEFL Express 120hr advanced course from Groupon without really doing my research, only stopping to check whether the course was accredited.
In the mad rush which often associates itself with travel, my TEFL course was lost and forgotten about, undone, but where I was going, unneeded. So, after about 8 months of teaching English as a foreign language at NDI in Zhengzhou, I decided it was about time to get a professional qualification in what seemed to be becoming my bread and butter having only earned £23.59 from travel writing (feel free to click on the adverts on my site).
|Despite this Photo, TEFL express offers no classroom teaching or opportunities for experience.|
So I found my old Groupon Voucher which was packed away in some unopened suitcase and activated my account with TEFL express. With this course you only get 75 days to complete it, "not a problem", I thought to myself as a whizzed through the first module. "At this rate I'll be finished in a few months", narrated my smug inner monologue. But then I started to wonder, "why is it so easy, a 5 year old could complete this course!". You have to doubt an online professional qualification which is ludicrously easy with a 55% pass rate. I'm currently on 95.6%, losing marks only due to a page with a very unclear exam layout.
However, more worrying than this is the site's constant unreliability. I work everyday from 2pm to 8pm, meaning my free time is in the mornings. Every morning (Chinese Time), the TEFL Express website is down meaning, I can only access the course at night, after a long tiring day at work.
|Erqi Square, Zhengzhou. A stones throw away from my Flat. In Zhengzhou, like many Cities in China, you don’t need and ESL or TEFL qualification to teach at schools or Private Training Companies like The New Dynamic Institute (NDI), the place I work!|
Because of its unreliability and Primary School style easiness, I woulden't trust TEFL Express as far as I could throw it, and I don't know anyone who can throw a website.
TEFL Express is useful only for people coming to China, where qualifications are often fabricated and having a certificate which says, your name, and TEFL Qualified, will be enough to get you a well paying job, however, I think it's best to steer well clear of TEFL Express.